But when Vespasian had overthrown all the places that were near to
Jerusalem, he returned to Cesarea, and heard of the troubles that were
at Rome, and that Vitellius was emperor. This produced indignation in him,
although he well knew how to be governed as well as to govern, and could
not, with any satisfaction, own him for his lord who acted so madly, and
seized upon the government as if it were absolutely destitute of a governor.
And as this sorrow of his was violent, he was not able to support the torments
he was under, nor to apply himself further in other wars, when his native
country was laid waste; but then, as much as his passion excited him to
avenge his country, so much was he restrained by the consideration of his
distance therefrom; because fortune might prevent him, and do a world of
mischief before he could himself sail over the sea to Italy, especially
as it was still the winter season; so he restrained his anger, how vehement
soever it was at this time.